What we're about

Cinema-Femina is a do-it-yourself meetup group that encourages its members to scout out and see films made by and about women. It's all about watching movies, making friends, having lively discussions and, perhaps most importantly, it's about supporting the filmmakers themselves.

Female filmmakers NEED US!

They need us to buy tickets the FIRST WEEK their films hit the theaters. Those numbers will determine whether that filmmaker will ever get a distribution deal again. Sucks, huh?

But here's the deal, they also need us to appreciate these films they've worked so hard to get made for us. We, the audience, are what keeps these women writing scripts, doggedly pursuing funding and sacrificing who-knows-what to get that film made and distributed.

Surprise, surprise! Sexism is alive and well in both Hollywood and the Independent Film industry, and the powers that be think any film with a female protagonist is a "chick flick." Films with male protagonists are … you guessed it … "films". Now, I agree that there are chick flicks AND dick flicks (I like both) but mostly there are just - films about people living their lives. And we need more of them to be about women's lives. The prevailing belief systems of the 'powers that be" is that our lives are simply boring, stupid and, actually unimportant. Unless we are models. With big breasts.

This belief system is insidious and works it's way into the minds of men and women around the world. If the only important lives are men's, then our lives are … expendable. I truly believe that the way women are depicted in film directly influences they way women are treated in the world.

So, let's go to the movies! I often get busy so I've set it up so YOU can suggest a meetup in your area and I can bestow Event Organizer status to you so it becomes your project. I keep it simple and meet everyone in the lobby AFTER a film so we can all go off to a coffee shop to discuss it. Voila!

See you at the movies!

PS. I know about some of this stuff first hand, because I've made a few films, too. Cinema-Femina was an idea I had some years ago when I was president of CinewomenNY - a grass-roots non-profit that helped women make their first films. That organization has since merged with NYWIFT but Cinema-Femina still remains a pet project of mine. A few years ago I created this meetup and we had lots of fun but got busy with my own projects and handed it off to Kerrie … now I'm back and I hope we can use this group as a way to hook up with others to go see brand new films as well as those they may have fallen through the cracks.

Francesca (Founder and Organizer 2009 -2018)

From the new organizer (avra): What she said! (see above). Waited till the last moment, but couldn't bear to see this group dissolve. I believe there is a War on Women and that film is a vital avenue of response. ALL members are urged to suggest not only specific screenings, but also events that touch on any aspect of the ways women are (mis)represented in the media. Hope to see ya at the movies!

On Paving the Way in Hollywood for More Female Directors: Jane Fonda: “We have to shame the studios for being so gender-biased. We have to make sure that they realize they are being gender-biased so that they are self-conscious about it. . . We have to show that movies made by women make money. So we need to go to movie theaters and see them and talk about them and Tweet about them and tell our friends to go. We just have to prove that we can be commercial.”
(https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/0... (https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/01/jane-fonda-lily-tomlin-sundance))

If your interest in feminism extends beyond film, please visit our sister site: Radical Feminist Activists (https://www.meetup.com/RadFemActivists/).

If you enjoy reading and discussing books w/ a feminist slant, sign up at Feminist Book Club (https://www.meetup.com/FeministReaders/).

For a deeper dive into the works of women, much of it political, please have a look at Reading Women's Work (https://www.meetup.com/reading-womens-work/)

If you share concerns about the issue of human trafficking, please look at our other affiliated site:
Fight Slavery Now! (https://www.meetup.com/Fight-Slavery-Now/)

Upcoming events (4)

FREE Screening of "Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964" & Post Discussion, 10/21

FOOT SOLIERS: Class of 1964
An Atlanta Story That Changed the World

https://mailchi.mp/31cf5f6fd46b/announcing2020schedulehtml-4781422?e=5224562b47

Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964 is an independent documentary about women in the Class of 1964 at Spelman College who participated in the largest, coordinated series of civil rights protests in Atlanta's history as college freshman. At sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen years old, they were some of the foot soldiers from the Atlanta University Center in the Atlanta Student Movement. Their bold activism is an Atlanta story that helped change the world. For decades, the faces in the crowd have gone unnamed; their voices unheard.

Director Alvelyn Sanders tells the story of her mother, Dr. Georgianne Thomas, and her mother's classmates at Spelman College to honor their courage and to inspire others to engage in working for the greater good of all. Learn more: www.footsoldiers1964.com

FRUITS OF LABOR documentary screening + filmmaker Q&A w/ EMILY IBAÑEZ, 10/22

FRUITS OF LABOR (78 Mins, 2021)

Screening + Discussion with Director Emily Cohen Ibañez

FRIDAY | OCTOBER 22 | 4-6 PM

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT: https://nyu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eo0chXCeRN-Y5YhXPhRlxA

Award-winning documentary Fruits of Labor features a Mexican-American teen who dreams of graduating high school amidst increased ICE raids, threatening to separate her family. Forced to become the breadwinner, she works long days in the strawberry fields of central California’s coast and night shifts at a food processing factory. Post-screening discussion: filmmaker EMILY COHEN IBAÑEZ with DIANA TAYLOR (Depts. of Spanish and Portuguese & Performance Studies.) and JOSEFINA SALDAÑA-PORTILLO (Dept. of Social & Cultural Analysis).

CO-SPONSORS: CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES, CINEMA STUDIES, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL & CULTURAL ANALYSISThis event is free and open to the public but registration is required.
The Center for Media, Culture and History - cmchnyu.org
25 Waverly Place, Room 502
New York, N.Y. 10003
Email: [masked]

Rebecca Solnit + Margaret Atwood: Orwell’s Roses, 10/27

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Join us for a virtual event with critically acclaimed author Rebecca Solnit for the launch of her new book Orwell's Roses. Joining Rebecca in conversation will be award-winning and celebrated author Margaret Atwood.

Wednesday, October 27
7pm ET

This event will be held on Zoom. Ticket purchase is required to join the livestream. All tickets include a copy of ORWELL'S ROSES and a signed bookplate.

COST: $34.00

Tickets: https://mailchi.mp/strandbooks/special-event-announcement-rebecca-solnit-with-margaret-atwood?e=aa427524ef

A lush exploration of roses, pleasure, and politics, and a fresh take on George Orwell as an avid gardener whose political writing was grounded in his passion for the natural world.

"In the year 1936 a writer planted roses." So begins Rebecca Solnit's new book, a reflection on George Orwell's passionate gardening and the way that his involvement with plants, particularly flowers, and the natural world illuminates his other commitments as a writer and antifascist, and the intertwined politics of nature and power.

Sparked by her unexpected encounter with the surviving roses he planted in 1936, Solnit's account of this understudied aspect of Orwell's life explores his writing and his actions -- from going deep into the coal mines of England, fighting in the Spanish Civil War, critiquing Stalin when much of the international left still supported him (and then critiquing that left), to his analysis of the relationship between lies and authoritarianism. Through Solnit's celebrated ability to draw unexpected connections, readers encounter the photographer Tina Modotti's roses and her Stalinism, Stalin's obsession with forcing lemons to grow in impossibly cold conditions, Orwell's slave-owning ancestors in Jamaica, Jamaica Kincaid's critique of colonialism and imperialism in the flower garden, and the brutal rose industry in Colombia that supplies the American market. The book draws to a close with a rereading of Nineteen Eighty-Four that completes her portrait of a more hopeful Orwell, as well as a reflection on pleasure, beauty, and joy as acts of resistance.

The panel:
Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books, including Recollections of My Nonexistence, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, The Faraway Nearby, A Paradise Built in Hell, River of Shadows, and Wanderlust. She is also the author of Men Explain Things to Me and many essays on feminism, activism and social change, hope, and the climate crisis. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a regular contributor to The Guardian and other publications.

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. In addition to The Handmaid's Tale, now an award-winning TV series, her novels include Cat's Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood, MaddAddam; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. In 2019, she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature.

“Goddesses and Other Truths”: Shorts by Lesbian Filmmakers, 1978-2003, 11/18

UCLA Film & Television Archive Virtual Screening Room

“Goddesses and Other Truths”: Shorts by Lesbian Filmmakers,[masked]

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/goddesses-and-other-truths-shorts-by-lesbian-filmmakers-1978-2003-tickets-187166057717

A video link will be sent by email on the day of the program. The link will also be posted on Eventbtite 30 minutes before the program.

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Featuring two new scans from the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project collection, this group of short-form works was curated to center lesbian stories across various planes of experience and imagemaking.

Program will feature a post-screening Q&A with filmmakers Mary Guzmán, Jenni Olson and Greta Schiller.

UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation present
Sex Bowl

U.S., 1994

“All forms of human sport become sites for sexual play and celebratory eroticism.”—Electronic Arts Intermix. B&w, 8 min. Director: Jane Castle, Shu Lea Cheang. Film courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix.
Ifé

U.S., 1993

“Follows a day in the life of a black French lesbian in San Francisco.”—Frameline. B&w, 5 min. Director: H. Lenn Keller. Film courtesy of Frameline.
Matzo Maidels

U.S., 2003

Combines rare 16mm archival lesbian porn footage overlaid with an outrageous Jewish porno voiceover—sprinkled with colloquial Yiddishisms. B&w, 5 min. Director: Jenni Olson, Monica Nolan. Film courtesy of the filmmakers.
After the Break

U.S., 1994

New digital preservation! Personalities clash in a lesbian therapy group. B&w, 13 min. Director/writer: Mary Guzmán. New digital scan courtesy of The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation.
Tomboy

U.S., 1997

“Using personal narrative, still photography and stop animation, Donna Carter’s 1997 short film Tomboy is an imaginative autobiographical account of an African American tomboy’s journey to success and self-acceptance.”—Frameline. B&w, 5 min. Director: Donna Carter. Film courtesy of Frameline.
Greta’s Girls

U.S., 1978

New digital preservation! One of the first independent short films to focus on the domestic life of a lesbian couple. B&w, 25 min. Director: Greta Schiller. New digital scan courtesy of The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation.

Total program runtime: approx. 110 min.

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